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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Deadpool Key Comics Part 3


More Deadpool key comics in Part 3, and these will all be Modern Age Deadpool key issues. Some are minor and some aren't.

Some are fan favorites and some are despised by fans. We'll discuss a few more important 4th wall breaks, but Part 3 will end that.

This Part 2 link will bring you back if you missed it. Otherwise, here's Part 3 to this Deadpool key comics list.




DEADPOOL #27
1st audience addressed in main series

More 4th wall breaks here and the evolution of this device that became a Deadpool staple to fans of the character and comic. According to the site acriticalhit.com, this is the first time ole Deadpool addresses the reader in his main titled series. Deadpool is in disguise though and not in his regular skivvies when he does so.

All this jargon may not be that important to the comic book market at large, but for fans of the Merc With A Mouth these moments are deemed classics for the character. In the picture, you can clearly see him address the audience, and in the panels to follow, he gets out of his disguise and reveals himself as Wolvie calls him out.

Deadpool #27 was published April, 1999, and he once again goes up against Wolverine in this issue. This may be the 2nd fight between the two but not so sure about that.

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DEADPOOL #28
Classic 4th wall conversion

Some out there are noting this the 1st official Deadpool 4th wall break. I don't know about that, but it's a funny one.

He furthers his awareness that he is a comic book character and does so in an actual conversation within the story and with another comic character, whom is Bullseye. This is definitely a fan-favorite moment in the pages of Deadpool, but it's not exactly a hot or sought out issue currently.

Not saying that it won't ever be, but right now it's pretty unknown to the larger market. Not even sure if this even counts as a key issue, but this is more to show how this 4th wall business evolves with the character.

This will be the last example of how Joe Kelly uses this device to add humor to the character of Deadpool. Once again, the image and info is courtesy of acriticalhit.com.

May, 1999 was when this comic was published.






DEADPOOL #33
End of Joe Kelly run
Deadpool origin
Origin of T-Ray

This issue marks the end of Joe Kelly's influential run in the Deadpool series. Deadpool #33 also has T-Ray reveal a bit of Wade Wilson's past and claims that he is in fact the real Wade Wilson.

Apparently, a young Jack (Deadpool) had met T-Ray when Jack was injured and on the run from his employers. Jack was a mercenary who had botched up a mission.

In this time, it was written that the character of Deadpool, pre-Deadpool, was a mercenary who kept changing his identity. According to T-Ray, Jack had planned to kill him and steal his identity but instead took the life of his wife Mercedes.

This act would forever set T-Ray on the path of being Deadpool arch nemesis. He would later join Jack's employers and become an operative who was highly trained to kill Jack.

In the newer Deadpool series, it's implied that this accusation is false. Whether it's true or not, T-Ray is hell-bent on killing Deadpool.

It's not noted, but this is an expansion on Deadpool's origin. It's also the origin story of T-Ray. Real name is still unknown but it's presumed to possibly be Wade Wilson. Deadpool #33 was published October, 1999.
 





DEADPOOL #34
Christopher Priest run begins

Priest took over the series after Kelly left, and while Kelly introduced the character breaking the 4th wall, it was under Priest's helm where he made it a staple of the character and used it consistently. 
 
Some fans don't like the Christopher Priest run. Hell, some fans don't even like the Joe Kelly run and have stated in discussions that they prefer the character of Deadpool as he started - just a wise-ass.

I won't be getting in depth with the Priest run at all. He did have the character meet Loki in issue #37, and it's in that issue where Loki tries to claim he's Deadpool's father. Deadpool #34 was published November, 1999.





DEADPOOL #57
Agent of Weapon X storyline begins

Four issue story arc, this is surprisingly a fan-favorite. Issue #57 starts this story arc, and it lasts until issue #60.

The four issue story arc is seeing a slight bit of heat in the current market. In the storyline, the Weapon X program is back and Sabretooth is sent to recruit Deadpool. 

With Deadpool's healing factor damaged and the promise that they can give him a new and stronger one and even remove the scars from his disfigured body. Also, this new healing factor is able to regrow limbs.

An offer like that, even Deadpool can't refuse it. Deadpool Agent of Weapon X sees the apparent death of Copycat, but she ends up coming back. Of course, things go awry and Deadpool ends up going against this new Weapon X team.

If you're a fan of Deadpool, issues #57 through #60 just may be ones to snag up or dump. This current market is seeing these issues take a slight bump in demand. Not crazy, but NM copies are selling around the $10 mark.

October, 2001 is the publishing date for Deadpool #57.





DEADPOOL #65
Gail Simone starts
1st appearance of Nijo
1st appearance of Inez Temple
1st appearance of Black Swan

Gail Simone was given the helm when the Deadpool series was on its way out, but her wrap up of the series is widely accepted by many fans of the character as a must-read. Gail Simone is one of the most influential Modern Age comic writers out there today.

Some like to box her in and give her the title of one of the most influential female comic writers of today, but screw that. Her work, without the whole gender labeling, has been amazing on many of the titles she has written for.

Deadpool #65 sees her work on Deadpool begin, and she introduces quite a few fan-favorite characters. The first appearance of Nijo is in the issues, and he is later revealed to be Agent X.

Also, Inez Temple, known as Outlaw, makes her debut in this issue as well. She becomes a supporting character for Deadpool and Agent X. 

Inez Temple is a mutant with superhuman strength and stamina. If the Deadpool movie is successful, this character may have a good chance of appearing in one of the sequels. She is a mercenary as well, and it's time FOX shows a female mutant with superhuman strength!

Black Swan became a notable villain for Deadpool and Agent X. He is a German mutant raised in the Bavarian circus and is highly trained in hand-to-hand, swordplay and marksmanship. 

His real name is unknown, but Black Swan has the mutant power to infect minds with a telepathic virus of sorts that can disrupt people's thoughts and actions. He can also absorb knowledge and skills and physical powers sometimes.

Black Swan's first appearance in Deadpool #65 was published May, 2002, and under Gail Simone's tenure writing for Deadpool, she would be known for making regular use of the "yellow thought boxes" and utilizing the 4th wall break ignored by writers after Christopher Priest's run. Writer Daniel Way would later expand on the concept of these little "yellow boxes".





AGENT X #1
1st issue to series
1st appearance of Nijo as Agent X
1st appearance of Saguri

Agent X was a spin-off series after the 1st Deadpool series was cancelled after issue #69. This was done when Marvel was doing a major overhaul with many of the X-titles.

For instance, Cable was retitled Soldier X and X-Force was changed to X-Static. Despite this lame attempt to bolster slumping sales, the Agent X series was a critical success but a commercial failure.

Currently, however, this series has become a fan-favorite. Gail Simone introduced Alex Hayden as the main protagonist, and the recurring theme within the series was whether Deadpool was Agent X, as many hints gave way to this during the series.

Even Taskmaster believed Agent X to be Wade Wilson. The character of Saguri made her first appearance in this issue and was created by Gail Simone. She is a minor character in the series and dies in issue #6.

September, 2002 was when this comic was published.





AGENT X #3
1st appearance of Mary Zero

Gail Simone adds further quirky characters in this series, and one of them is Mary Zero. This character has the power of Imperceptibility, meaning people cannot perceive or remember her.

When she meets Agent X, nobody can actually see her except for Agent X. She falls in love with him and follows him around like a puppy dog. Minor key issue here.

November, 2002 is the publishing date for Agent X #3.





AGENT X #7
1st appearance of Agency X
Gail Simone run ends

Since Deadpool was a member of this mercenary team, it's only right that the first appearance of Agency X in Agent X #7 belongs on this Deadpool key issues list. Original members that join this team are Outlaw, first seen in Deadpool #65, Taskmaster, Sondra Brandenberg, Agent X, and Mary Zero.

Sondra Brandenberg's first appearance is in Taskmaster #1, and she became a supporting character for Taskmaster, Agent X, and Deadpool. Agent X #7 was published March, 2003.





AGENT X #13
Return of Deadpool
Reveals Agent X isn't Deadpool

After a brief hiatus, Gail Simone was allowed to wrap up this series and she finally does so by revealing that Deadpool is not Agent X by having the character return to comics.

So this issue marks the return of Wade Wilson as Deadpool and in the next two issues the series is cancelled. Gail Simone's wrap up also has the story plot of Black Swan, Deadpool, and Agent X's melding of powers and personalities and how Black Swan is taken down after he suckers the two and augments his powers.

Agent X #13 was published November, 2003.





I didn't get into the Christopher Priest run much at all, because the writer didn't really introduce any notable supporting characters during his tenure. The very few he did introduce like Scrunch were extremely short-lived.

He does have some fan-favorite issues involving Deadpool, but many of them aren't technically key issues. Deadpool #44 sees Deadpool go up against the Avengers and Black Panther, but Black Panther is not T'Challa. He is Erik Killmonger instead.

I also won't be featuring every single mini-series or one-shot Deadpool headlines. Just way too many of them, and if they're not significant enough, they won't make it on this list.

Will just have to see which ones are further included in this Deadpool key issues list. Part 4 to this beast is ready so just click the link to continue on.




Friday, May 29, 2015

Deadpool Key Issues Part 2


Part 2 to this Deadpool key issues series, and it's an extremely important one as well. This part will reveal some important aspects of the character that popularized him.

It will also reveal the writer responsible for them as well. Many hardcore fans of the Merc With A Mouth already know who I'll be talking about, but for those of you who don't, it could be a bit of useful knowledge in snagging up Deadpool key comics.

After all, some of these are considered classics by fans of the character. You'll find out soon enough, and I did write in-length commentaries about certain issues here.

So, if you just happened to miss Part 1 of this series, that's no problem whatsoever. Just click that blue link you passed up. If you're good to go with the next batch, let's dive right on in.



X-FORCE #19
1st appearance of Copycat as herself

Since Copycat is in the Deadpool movie and is played by Morena Baccarin, here's her first actual appearance as herself in comics. She also fell in love with Deadpool during her early comic career but was with Kane at one point also.

Copycat or Vanessa Carlysle made her first appearance in New Mutants #98 as Domino in order to infiltrate X-Force.

CGC 9.8s have broke past the $100 mark, and this comic has seen a smudge of heat since confirmation of her character being in the upcoming Deadpool movie. Raw copies have seen a slight bump in demand in value as well.

Probably best to raid your collection to see if you have any copies of these and either dump 'em or wait for another peak to happen. I'm actually gonna look through my junk boxes after I whip this part up. X-Force #19 was published February, 1993.





CABLE #3
1st appearance of Weasel

In the past, the character of Weasel was first thought to have been introduced in Deadpool The Circle Chase #1. This has recently proven to be false. 

Cable #3 actually has the first appearance of Weasel and it came out a month prior. Some are saying that this is no cameo, but who knows what dictates an actual cameo as opposed to a 1st appearance? As far as I know, nobody has made a 1st appearance guideline.

I'm interested to see if industry notes this as the 1st appearance or not, but in the past, who really cared all that much? Weasel will be in the new Deadpool movie and he does become an important supporting character for Wade Wilson in his on-going series.

Weasel's real name is Jack Hammer and he is very much like the character of Microchip for the Punisher. Like Microchip, Weasel also deals in arms and technology. Weasel would become Deadpool's sidekick Wildcard for a while later. Cable #3 was published July, 1993.







DEADPOOL THE CIRCLE CHASE #1
1st self-titled series
1st appearance of Slayback

Noted as the first solo Deadpool comic, this 4 issue mini-series sees the 1st appearance of several minor characters. Slayback is the only semi-important one.

Gregory Terraerton was supposedly killed by Deadpool but came back as Slayback and used stolen Weapon X files to kidnap Copycat. Slayback would use her as bait to kill Deadpool.

Slayback is also a former member of Department K. He is often killed but somehow comes back. Deadpool The Circle Chase #1 use to be considered the first appearance of Weasel, but his first appearance is now being noted in Cable #3.

August, 1993 is the publishing date for this comic.






DEADPOOL SINS OF THE PAST #1
1st appearance Dr. Killebrew
Appearance revealed

When it comes to important characters that link to Deadpool's origin in the early years, Dr. Killbrew is pretty important. While working for the Weapon X program, Dr. Killbrew was the commander of Ajax and ran a hospice that was suppose to take care of failed experiments of the program until they died.

Instead, he tortured and experimented on countless of people who were deemed "failures". Of course, Wade Wilson was among these and was considered by Dr. Killbrew his favorite test subject due to Deadpool's superb healing factor.

This is not revealed in this issue but later revealed and I believe this happens long after Wade Wilson had gotten terminal cancer, which is the source of his disfigurement, and willingly went into the Department K program to undergo experiments that would give him his healing factor.

All of this would be revealed later on down the road, but Deadpool Sins of the Past #1 holds the first appearance of Dr. Killbrew. Also, it's in this issue where we first see Deadpool's disfigured appearance underneath the mask. 

Ian Churchill is the artist for this series and does some amazing work. At first glance, I thought Todd McFarlane had done the artwork.

This comic was published August, 1994, and this key issue is currently over-looked in the market.







WOLVERINE #88 VOLUME 2
1st battle between Deadpool & Wolverine

Wolverine has never fought Deadpool before until this issue. Wolverine #88 volume 2 sees the two first battle it out.

Of course, this is the first published battle between the two. I have no idea if a writer retconned their first duel in a later issue or not. This is a highly over-looked key issue for both Wolverine and Deadpool and not very well-known just yet in the market.

Both being from the Weapon X program and Deadpool actually having a part of Wolverine's healing factor within him, Wolverine is a character connected to Deadpool. This issue sees Wolverine realize just how hard it is to injure the Merc With A Mouth.

In later comics, Deadpool thinks his best friend is Wolverine, but this is far from the truth since most of the X-Men tend to not like Wade Wilson.

Wolverine #88 was published December, 1994.






DEADPOOL #1
1st appearance of T-Ray
1st appearance of Blind Al
1st appearance of Patch
Joe Kelly run starts

Way back when Total Comic Mayhem started, I recommended this one in a very short Deadpool list of keys to snag. Actually, there was only two on the list at first and this was one of them. This is the 1st issue to the 1st on-going Deadpool series and it has some pretty important supporting characters for the Merc With A Mouth.

T-Ray is an important villain for Deadpool, and he is connected to Deadpool's often convoluted origin that mimics Wolverine at times. In later stories, it was revealed that Deadpool had stolen T-Ray's identity of Wade Wilson, but then in the new series it was revealed that Deadpool is the real Wade Winston Wilson.

Blind Al and Patch are other supporting characters established in this comic series. Patch owns Hellhouse, a place where mercenaries socialize and find work.

Real name Bob Stirrat, this character brokered all sorts of savory and shady assignments to the likes of Deadpool, Domino, and T-Ray. Quite surprised this character is not yet in the Deadpool movie cast.

Blind Al is major supporting character for Deadpool in this series. She is blind like her name suggests and has a bizarre relationship with Deadpool.

In the origin of how the two met, Deadpool was assigned to exterminate Blind Al when she was working for British Intelligence. Instead, Wade Wilson killed everyone around except her and allowed her to flee.

After he had gotten cancer and was given a healing factor and went insane, Deadpool captured Blind Al again and held her captive. She is a prisoner of Deadpool and often is forced to cook and clean. She is one of the few characters that is not afraid to stand up to the Merc With A Mouth, so she is a subtle authority figure in the series.

Deadpool is often cruel to Blind Al and takes advantage of her blindness by playing pranks. However, Blind Al is extremely smart and is able to outwit his insults and play pranks on him herself. She often puts laxatives in his food.

Joe Kelly is instrumental in the character of Deadpool's evolution. He is a fan-favorite writer and was the first writer to give him a solid supporting cast.

It was under his run that saw this character break into cult popularity. Modeled off of Spider-Man, Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza just had Deadpool a wise-crackin' smart ass. Rob Liefeld was also a fan of Teen Titans and the character is a rip-off of Deathstroke as well.

Even Fabian used the name of Wade Wilson as an inside joke since Slade Wilson is Deathstroke's real name. However, Joe Kelly would be the first writer for Deadpool that would have the character break the 4th wall and actually talk to comic readers.

So, yes, very important comic in terms of Deadpool key issues, and it was published January, 1997.






DEADPOOL #4
1st recap 4th wall break?

Recaps are pretty common in comics. They are just like TV show recaps. You know, how a TV show usually has a "Previously on" little segment that recaps what happened in the previous episode before the new episode starts.

Same thing for comics, but instead of showing images from the previous issue, recaps in comic are usually in text. However, before the actual story begins, this recap has some of the characters, including Deadpool, address the actual reader of what went down in the previous issue.


I'm not quite sure if this is the first time this device was ever used in comics or if it's the first time Deadpool does this in his own comic series. However, it's an interesting example of what Joe Kelly brought to this character and this element of 4th wall breaking would be iconic to the comic character.

This 4th wall breaking was a gradual process, and since it doesn't happen within the actual story, it's not considered the first 4th wall break. Anyways, I included a picture of the recap page so you know what the hell I'm talking about, and you can click it to see the larger image.

Deadpool #4 from the 1st series was published April, 1997.






DEADPOOL #0
1st Deadpool 4th wall break in story

Quite a few out there don't regard this issue as Deadpool's 1st time breaking the 4th wall. The argument is that this is a promotional free comic book give away and it's not in actual continuity.

Free or promotional or not in continuity, it is the 1st time comic readers see Deadpool breaking the 4th wall in an actual story. Let's talk about this 4th wall concept.

It was first used in theater and plays and is in itself an imaginary wall between actors and the audience. The movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off sees the main character break the 4th wall repeatedly by addressing the audience.

In comic book terms, the 4th wall is an invisible barrier between reality and imagination. Characters are keen to the fact that they know they are characters in a comic and speak directly to the reader.


Deadpool #0 sees this 4th wall break and actually acknowledges that he is aware he is in a comic book story. It is the first time the character is seen doing this in a comic story, but this comic story is not in actual canon if that should or should not make a difference. Once again, I'll let you decide.

Usually, I don't put in other pics besides the cover, but this panel from the comic illustrates him breaking the 4th wall and acknowledging to the reader that he is aware he's actually in a comic book. You can click the image to get see the larger version.

It's on here just to illustrate the debate, and I'll let you decide for yourself. Deadpool #0 volume 1 was published January, 1998.





DEADPOOL #14
1st appearance of Ajax

Ajax is another important Deadpool villain or supporting character within the Deadpool mythos. Ed Skrein has been cast to play the role. In the history of Deadpool, Ajax, also known as Francis, A-Man, and the Attending was an enforcer at Dr. Killbrew's hospice or the Workshop for failed super soldiers.

Needless to say with Wade Wilson's big mouth, Ajax and him did not get a long quite so well during this time when he was known as A-Man or the Attending. This character would occur quite frequently in the series, and he is a fan-favorite Deadpool villain.

This comic has already heated up in the market, so if you got it, may be a good time to get primed for a sellin'. Well, that's if you're not a fan of the character or have multiple copies. 

Deadpool #14 was published March, 1998 and was created by Joe Kelly and Walter McDaniel.






DEAD POOL AND DEATH ANNUAL 1998
Origin of Deadpool
1st and death of Worm

Although Deadpool #17 leads up and hints at some of Deadpool's origin, this one-shot Marvel Comics 1998 Annual: Deadpool and Death explains Wade Wilson's origins at the hospice and explains the roles Dr. Killbrew and Ajax have in turning Wade Wilson into the Merc With A Mouth.

Worm is Wade Wilson's best friend at the hospice and out of spite against Wilson's constant teasing, Ajax kills Worm. Thanos isn't the only Marvel character to have a crush on Death. Wilson grew obsessed with the character during his time at Killbrew's Workshop.

This origin is told in flashback after Deadpool is killed, and details how Wade Wilson becomes Deadpool and assumes the identity. He is resurrected by Death at the end after his life flashes before his eyes.

Undervalued in terms of Deadpool key issues but it's getting recognized and heating up, this comic was published July, 1998.





In Deadpool #1 of the 1st on-going series, I forgot to note that the Merc With A Mouth makes a jab or joke about narration. He's not actually addressing the audience however, but it shows how an early example of how this quirk for the character gradually evolves into doing so.

I've said it quite often in Part 2, and I'll say it again: Joe Kelly is the main force in bringing the quirkiness to the character that we now know today. He laid the groundwork for the Merc With A Mouth in becoming an action comic parody.

As Joe Kelly stated in an interview, "With Deadpool, we could do anything we wanted because everybody just expected the book to be cancelled every five seconds, so nobody was paying attention. And we could get away with it."

Christopher Priest, who took up the character after Kelly left the series, has admitted that "it was okay to make Deadpool look stupid."

The additional pics in this part are courtesy of acriticalhit.com and was where I found most of the information about Deadpool's 4th wall evolution in comics. Hit that link to take a gander if you want. It's good stuff, and I'm just giving credit where credit is due.

There are many Deadpool key comics in this part that are heating up due to the movie. Whether you wanna hunt or dump, time is closing in. Ryan Reynold's has just announced that they've finished filming the movie. 

Either way, good luck on your hunt or dump. Click the PART 3 to continue onward with more Deadpool key comics! If you missed Part 1, the PREVIOUS link will teleport you back that way.




Deadpool Key Issues List


Deadpool! One of the most over-exposed characters to ever come out of the Copper Age. Much like Wolverine during the Copper Age, Deadpool would be one of those characters that Marvel just likes to throw in most everything, but that didn't come until the Modern Age of comics.

No doubt this character is popular, and since a Deadpool movie is finally coming to a theater near you, it's been requested that I do a more in-depth Deadpool key issues list or series. Right off the bat, I just want to say I'm not a huge fan of Deadpool so I know very little about the character.

This key issues list will be a mish mash of sorts. It will be 1st appearance centric for major supporting Deadpool characters as usual. On the other hand, the character of Deadpool has evolved greatly due to certain comic writers.

I will showcase the most influential of these writers who gave Deadpool those quirks that made the character especially popular with fans or controversial with fans.

This won't be easy since Deadpool is a convoluted character to begin with much like Wolverine and his past, but I'll give it my best shot. Hopefully, I can sling-shot some ones you didn't know about before. Alright, here goes!




NEW MUTANTS #98
1st appearance of Deadpool 
1st appearance Copycat as Domino
1st appearance of Gideon

God, I've been yapping about this one for a long time, and am actually sick of talking about it. You guys are probably sick of hearing about it. So, as we all know, this issue holds the first appearance of Deadpool or Wade Wilson.

It also has the first appearance of Domino, or later written to be Copycat as Domino. Many are debating about whether this should count as Domino's first appearance and whatnot.

As for my opinion, the character of Domino is introduced to comic readers in this issue. Despite that it's someone else pretending to be her, we are aware of the character, what she looks like, and her name.

Technically, from a comic reader standpoint, we are introduced to Domino and her likeness first appears to us in this issue. We don't know of a Copycat just yet, but we are aware of Domino. On the flip side, this technically isn't the real Domino from a Marvel history (canon) standpoint.

So, the argument can go both ways. Personally, I don't even care much to be honest. Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza are the creators of both Deadpool and Domino, as well as Copycat. So far, Copycat has been cast in the upcoming Deadpool movie, but Domino hasn't.

Gideon also makes his 1st appearance in this issue. New Mutants #98 was published February, 1991, and if it makes any difference, there is a newsstand edition and a direct edition for this issue if you care about that.






X-FORCE #2
2nd appearance of Deadpool
1st appearance of Kane
1st appearance of Department K

This sucker has went uncared for and unknown for quite a long time as a bargain buy until the speculator market picked up on it recently. Now, the 2nd appearance of Deadpool in X-Force #2 has seen quite a bump in value, especially in higher CGC grades.

Despite Deadpool's 2nd appearance in this comic, it does hold two first appearances worth noting as well. This issue sees the first appearance of Garrison Kane, known as Weapon X.

The character of Kane was a member of Cable's mercenary team called Six Pack, but he was also a covert operative for Canada's Department K. This Department K ran the Weapon X program and is responsible for enhancing and twisting such mutants like Wolverine, Deadpool, and Kane.

Department K is greatly tied to Deadpool's origins in the beginning and this secret organization also sees it's first appearance in this comic. X-Force #2 and the 2nd appearance of Deadpool was published September, 1991.






X-FORCE #4
3rd appearance of Deadpool

This comic is part 2 of 2 to the Sabotage crossover that began in Spider-Man #16. Aside from being the 3rd appearance of Deadpool, there are no other significant 1st, 2nd or 3rd appearances in this comic.

I guess it might be X-Force's first crossover event or story within the titled series, but I don't know if that would give this comic an extra boost because of it. Probably not. The 3rd appearance of Deadpool in X-Force #4 was published November, 1991.






X-FORCE #5
4th appearance of Deadpool
1st appearance of Mr. Tolliver

The mutant Tyler Dayspring is first introduced as Mr. Tolliver in this issue. He is the son of Nathan Summers and was born two thousand years into the future and would be abducted and corrupted by Stryfe.

Mr. Tolliver did hire Deadpool and Copycat to capture Domino, which began the whole 1st appearance debate of Domino. Not so much a Deadpool specific villain and more of a foe for Cable, Tyler Dayspring would later become Genesis, who believed himself a replacement for Apocalypse.

X-Force #5 also has the 4th appearance of Deadpool and was published December, 1991.






X-FORCE #10
5th appearance of Deadpool
1st appearance of The Externals

Not to be confused with the Eternals in the Marvel Universe. These Externals are in the mutant specific realm and believe themselves to be immortal.

With the first appearance of this group, this issue also sees the first appearance of characters Nicodemus, Saul, Burke, and Absalom. Other members include Gideon and Krule, but Gideon first appeared in New Mutants #98 and Krule is only mentioned in this issue.

Krule would make his first appearance in X-Force #12, and the only reason I relayed all that is because this issue holds the 5th appearance of Deadpool in the 2nd story of this issue, Answers and Questions.

Answers and Questions also hints at and begins the whole Domino kidnapped and Copycat impersonating her storyline. This comic was published May, 1992, and this issue is being noted as a Deadpool cameo but whatever.






X-FORCE #11
6th appearance of Deadpool
1st appearance of "real" Domino
1st appearance of Weapon P.R.I.M.E.

In terms of Deadpool related key issues, this one is on here since it has the 6th appearance of Deadpool. As for the 1st full appearance, Deadpool is obviously involved in this caper so it is a key issue related to him.

Actually, Domino only appears on the last page of this issue and the really-real her first appears in flashback in X-Force #8. However, it seems that CGC is noting this as the 1st appearance of "real" Domino or Neena Thurman. Lol.

Another 1st appearance note, which is going under the radar for this issue currently, is the 1st appearance of Weapon P.R.I.M.E. They are a Canadian superhero team and were activated for duty by Kane or Weapon X.

Original members are Kane, Rictor, Tolliver, and Thornn. Yes, the same Rictor from X-Factor. So more than meets the eye for X-Force #11 and it was published June, 1992.




In his humble beginnings, Deadpool was a more serious and professional character. Sure, he had the Spider-Man jokes and wise-ass quality about him, but he was more straight forward under Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza.

A few writers would evolve the character with story and character devices that would make the character of Wade Wilson infinitely even more popular. These quirks that the character would be well-known for would be mostly established by one influential writer and a fan-favorite for most hardcore Deadpool fans.

If you don't know, we'll discuss this in Part 2 of this Deadpool key issues series so click the PART 2 link below if you wanna continue.